Week 13 of the NFL season is complete, and after weeks of the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers battling it out for the top spot in our NFC Super Bowl rankings, we officially have a solidified leader.
Oddsmakers had the two powerhouses in lockstep with the Kansas City Chiefs as Super Bowl favorites entering Week 13, but only one team is at the top of the mountain with the conclusion of the week. The 49ers steamrolled the way to the top of the Super Bowl rankings. The Eagles and 49ers finally had their colossal clash that will likely decide the Super Bowl favorite for the rest of the season. The 49ers were on the winning side of the game in which even the best NFL expert picks had a tough time deciding who would walk away victorious.
Every NFC team has had its ups and downs in the first half of the season, and the Eagles and 49ers are no exception. Philadelphia has been the more consistent team, thanks mainly to health on both sides of the ball. Despite losing to the 49ers, the Eagles still own the best record in the NFL at 10-2.
The Eagles were winners of five straight games before they were crushed by San Francisco 42-19 on Sunday. The 49ers are 9-3 and have been a wrecking ball since their bye in Week 8.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys won their fourth straight as they managed to hold off the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday night. The Cowboys have been on fire over the last month and have built up plenty of confidence for the final stretch of the regular season. One week after the Detroit Lions were upset on Thanksgiving Day, we saw them narrowly escape New Orleans with a win. The NFC is not as deep as the AFC, but a few teams are genuine Super Bowl contenders in 2023.
There has been plenty of movement in our NFL Super Bowl odds as we head into the final five weeks of the NFL season. Let’s break down the latest NFC Super Bowl rankings ahead of Week 14. Who is the favorite to represent the conference in the 2024 Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Feb. 11, 2024?
1. San Francisco 49ers (+325) on Top of Super Bowl 58 Odds
(Last Week Tied 1, + 450)
Since the 49ers’ bye in Week 9, they have looked like the juggernaut we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. San Francisco lost three straight games in October but has since dominated over the last month. The 49ers regrouped during their bye in Week 9 and have looked unstoppable since. They have handily defeated some tough opponents over this recent stretch. Their Super Bowl odds are finally alone at the top after they defeated the defending NFC champion Eagles in Week 13.
The 49ers were 5-3 heading into their bye and behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. Since then, the 49ers have been on a mission. They had three consecutive wins – over the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road, a gritty Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad and the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving Day. The win over Seattle marked their 10th consecutive win over NFC West opponents, and they had plenty of momentum coming into their highly anticipated NFC Championship Game rematch with the Eagles.
The 49ers crushed the Eagles in Week 13. The 49ers have scored at least 27 points in every win this season and continue to shellack their opponents. San Francisco improved to 9-3, and Brock Purdy continued his excellent play. Purdy threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns in the win. He led San Francisco to six straight touchdowns on consecutive possessions. His recent play has him as the favorite in MVP odds at +325.
The build-up and trash talk between the two teams goes all the way back to last January. The 49ers and, most notably, Deebo Samuel were not holding anything back before the game. Samuel called the Eagles’ defense “trash,” and he backed it up. The 49ers receiver scored three touchdowns in the win and made a clear statement with his actions on the field. The 49ers lost Purdy in the NFC Championship Game last season and they never had a chance, so they wanted to prove they were the better team then and now.
— NFL (@NFL) December 5, 2023
The 49ers’ defense has been phenomenal this season, holding opponents to the second-fewest points per game at 15.8. The NFC West leaders look unstoppable as we approach the regular season’s final month. They acquired Chase Young at the trade deadline to go along with its already incredible defensive front. They wreak havoc every chance they are on the field.
The Niners’ offense continues to ride running back Christian McCaffrey. He had another strong performance, rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown. His incredible touchdown streak ended in Jacksonville, but he has quickly started a new streak, scoring in three straight. McCaffrey remains the highest non-QB in NFL MVP future odds at +2000.
The 49ers had a point to prove as they staked their claim as the best team in the NFC. Up next for the Niners is a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks at home. I’ve been saying it for weeks, if I were forced to make a Super Bowl prediction, I would choose the 49ers.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (+550) Take Small Dip in Super Bowl 58 Odds
(Last Week Tied 1, + 450)
The Eagles were winners of five straight games before the 49ers thumped them. I will give you a quick recap of how they performed before their loss in Week 13. They defeated the Miami Dolphins in Week 7 and followed it up with a comeback win over the Washington Commanders on the road in Week 8. The Eagles went into their bye on a high note after they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. They came out of the bye with a massive win in Week 11 in the Super Bowl rematch versus the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead. In Week 12, they overcame a double-digit deficit again to defeat the Buffalo Bills in overtime.
The Eagles have found ways to win in nearly every game this season, so even though they looked overmatched versus San Fran, they must be considered as one of the top teams for the Super Bowl.
The Eagles still own the best record in the NFL at 10-2 and are the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They failed to silence the lingering doubters in their matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday but they still are a force to be reckoned with every week.
The difference between the 49ers and the Eagles is their paths to victory. The 49ers have put together some flat-out dominating performances, but the Eagles haven’t had that same success yet. The 49ers’ average margin of victory is over 20 points, whereas the Eagles’ margin is just seven points. Still, the Eagles find ways to win, and they will look to regroup and bounce back next Sunday.
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) December 5, 2023
A week after the Eagles defeated the Chiefs in the Super Bowl rematch, they were booed off the field at the end of the first half against Buffalo. The Eagles rallied from the double-digit deficit and walked away with another win. This time, they found themselves down double digits again and failed to mount any comeback. The Eagles have been outscored 156-144 in first halves this season. This is an area they must improve on if they want to make another run to the Super Bowl. They simply can’t expect to come from behind every single game.
Hurts struggled in the loss and even went to the locker room at one point but quickly returned to the game. He completed 26 of 45 throws for 298 yards and one touchdown. He added 20 rushing yards and a score on the ground as well. Hurts was the favorite in MVP odds before Week 13 but has now fallen behind Dak Prescott (+350) and Purdy.
The Eagles’ defensive struggles have been glaring this season, and it clearly showed on Sunday. Philadelphia’s secondary had zero answers for Purdy and his stable of weapons. The Eagles’ best strength on the defensive side of the ball has been its run defense, and they failed to slow down the Niners’ running game. We could certainly be on our way to a rematch between the Eagles and the 49ers in the playoffs, but there were no signs that Philadelphia would be able to slow down San Fran.
The Eagles have another incredibly tough matchup coming next Sunday when they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Philadelphia will be looking to take their frustrations out on Dallas.
3. Dallas Cowboys (+850): Super Bowl 58 Odds Slightly Improve
(Last Week 3, + 900)
The Dallas Cowboys are finally beginning to see their Super Bowl odds climb. Dallas has had an extremely easy schedule the last month, but they are clearly taking care of business. The Cowboys knocked off the New York Giants 49-17 in Week 10 and followed that by crushing the Carolina Panthers 33-10. On Thanksgiving Day, they continued to roll when they cruised past the Washington Commanders 45-10. In Week 13, they rallied to take down the Seattle Seahawks in a back-and-forth battle 41-35.
Dak Prescott continues to ball out. He completed 29 of 41 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns. It was his sixth consecutive game with at least two touchdown passes. Over this stretch, Prescott has 19 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. He has played himself into the top of the MVP conversation. Prescott is behind Brock Purdy with MVP odds of +350 as we head into Week 14.
HOW BAHT DAK PRESCOTT..
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 4, 2023
Cowboys cornerback DaRon Bland set the NFL record with his fifth pick-six on Thanksgiving, and he added another interception in the win over Seattle. Bland is in consideration for Defensive Player of the Year, as he has eight interceptions on the season. He did get burned by DK Metcalf at one point in the win, but he ended up getting the last laugh with the interception later in the night. Neither team punted the ball in the high-scoring game, which was just the fifth time in NFL history there was not a single punt.
Outside of the battle with Seattle last week, the Cowboys’ schedule has been one of the easiest in the NFL over the last month. Still, they need to be given credit for taking care of business against the weaker teams.
Over the last five games, the Cowboys have averaged over 40 points per game. The Cowboys extended their winning streak to 14 games at AT&T Stadium, and they will look to continue their run in a massive NFC East clash with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14.
The Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys are 3-point underdogs coming into this matchup. Dallas can tie the Eagles with the best record in the NFC East if they can upset them on Sunday and make a true statement they are a force to be reckoned with.
4. Detroit Lions (+1500) Climb in Super Bowl 58 Odds
(Last Week 4, + 1600)
The Detroit Lions improved to 9-3 with their win in Week 13 over the New Orleans Saints. One week after they dropped a game to the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day, they bounced back nicely. The loss on Thanksgiving was shocking and demoralizing for Detroit, so getting the win against the Saints was massive for their confidence going down the stretch.
The Lions hold a commanding lead in the NFC North and have their best record through the first 12 games of the season since 1962.
The Lions’ offense was carried by rookie tight end Sam LaPorta, who lit up the Saints’ defense to the tune of 140 yards on nine catches. Jared Goff bounced back with 213 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Lions’ defense nearly collapsed, allowing the Saints to storm all the way back from down 21-0 to make it a 24-21 game late in the third quarter.
The Lions have a stronghold over the division lead and are looking to host its first-ever playoff game at Ford Field and the first-ever home playoff game since 1993. Detroit is poised to make a deep run in the NFC playoffs in 2023.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 5, 2023
The Lions have won 17 of their last 22 games overall, and their schedule isn’t daunting until Week 17, when they face the Dallas Cowboys on the road. Detroit will look to stay in the win column in Week 14 when it stays on the road and takes on the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Questions Of The Day
Which NFC teams are currently leading the Super Bowl rankings?
The NFC teams currently leading the Super Bowl rankings are the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.
Which NFC team offers the best value for betting to win the Super Bowl?
The NFC team currently offering the best betting value to win the Super Bowl is the Detroit Lions.